66 thoughts on “Women gets kicked out of a town hall in west Virginia for simply listing corporate donors.

  1. YourDailyDevil February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Oh cool, I’ve been waiting for an opportune moment to use the quote *”When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”*

    Edit: And lest we forget (please, please correct me on the spelling because I could barely hear)

    Charlotte Lane on the Judiciary Committee. About $10,000 from gas and oil interests.

    John Shot from Mercer. $2000 from mercer, $2000 from Steptoe and Johnson, $1000 from Console Energy, $1000 from EQT.

    Jason Harshburger. $3,500 (and then she was forcibly removed)

  2. MINEXIII February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Personal? By claiming that it’s personal isn’t that just admitting to their culpability in pay to play?

  3. LoomisFin February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Who is she? Every public hearing should start like this.

  4. ManBehindSentry February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I am fucking disgusted by what democracy has come to represent in the states. Removing her right to speak and address issues and silencing her on the platform she is supposed to use as a citizen to be heard.

  5. culkribro February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Brave brave brave. We should all be like this woman, to care enough to find this information and publicize it. Hope it makes the front page and stays there.

  6. kingwroth February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I’d suggest everyone watch the video.

  7. Tac_b February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Elected Officials should wear suits like racecar drivers so you know who owns them.

    Edit: This is my words from something Robin Williams said years ago.

  8. myth-ran-dire February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    On what grounds is kicking someone out acceptable? This doesn’t seem to count as a valid reason. I don’t know how town halls work, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t normal.

  9. sky_blu February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I hope this post gets huge.

  10. Trep_xp February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am


    Bought and Paid For.

    Well at least she wasn’t beat up on the way out…

  11. Drinksarlot February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Bravo! You could hear the nerves in her voice – it’s obviously something she wasn’t comfortable doing but believed in it enough to do it.

  12. coinclink February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I just don’t understand why they need to even flex their power. It’s not like what she says will even affect the situation or the vote. She has less than two minutes to just say whatever and she would be gone, but they have to throw her out.

    Why not just calmly say, “ok, thank you for that, your time is up. Next person?”

  13. ReallyMissSleeping February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    This gives me chills. And not in a good way.

    You can hear the nerves and emotion in her voice. Bravo to her for getting up there.

    Edit: a word

  14. donfelicedon2 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Didn’t she know she’s not supposed to be aware of the American oligarchy?

  15. GDHPNS February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Montani Semper Liberi!

  16. first_order_general February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    “Those who dont learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  17. Marcellusk February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I’m glad that people are speaking out and making it known that nowadays, many of our politicians are nothing more than paid prostitutes.

  18. Iambland February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I just donated her $100. We can complain all we want about the toxic culture where corporations buy voices in the legislature, but unless regular folks pitch in nothing’s going to change. I hope my contribution makes a difference in some way, however small.

  19. andelas February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    We need more public engagement exactly like hers. That’s the only way things will change. This is the kind of behavior that needs to be all over the national news so that local governments can’t just hide in obscurity when they do something like this.

  20. MonkeeJoeFutura February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Why don’t they just make all corporate donations illegal?

  21. TesticleMeElmo February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I thought those were listed on the back of the annual Fun-Run T-shirts

  22. zombi-roboto February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Until these types of people are held ***personally liable*** for such abuses, they will continue unabated – indeed, they will escalate.

  23. OdiferousRex February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    What kind of fucking country do we live in?

  24. montrossity February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Corruption in West Virginia? You don’t say..

  25. 2nah February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Why was this post removed?

  26. mattmurdock11 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    “West” should be capitalized here. We are talking about the state, West Virginia, not the western part of Virginia.

  27. Karpeeezy February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Excited to see how they take the media fire coming from this, I can see this going viral.

  28. Leafy0n February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Are those old men actual LEO’s or just angry statesmen putting hands on her and dragging her away?

  29. mph1204 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Barbara Streisand effect incoming

  30. Smittytec February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    $ = voice
    $$$ = Voice
    $$$$$ = Voice and Silence 😉

  31. itshorriblebeer February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    She is the bomb.

    I’m surprised that so many people could be had for so very very little. Sure it’s just the tip of the ice berg.

  32. eethrowaway1991 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Why did this post get removed from /r/all and /r/news?

    edit: “This is not news”: Reddit

  33. VersChorsVers February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    If every hearing in the U.S. started with official’s donors who have interests in the vote then they all would take forever.

  34. SandyBunker February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    West by God Virginia, where men are men, and sheep ski faster.

  35. mtndewgood February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Brave woman. Need more people like her

  36. Frostsorrow February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of money is US politics. Why is there no cap to that shit?

  37. Dylan_the_Villain February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    While I do want to preface this statement with the fact that I 100% agree with this woman that money in politics is a massive issue, especially for bills like this, it would be hard to expect for her not to be removed for making statements like this. According to any commonly used parliamentary procedure (i.e. Robert’s Rules of Order), it is considered out of order to really address anyone else by name in this way.

    All discussion on the floor, according to the procedure followed in these types of assemblies, must strictly be on the merits of the motion (bill) being considered, and listing anyone by name or implying any kind of underlying motivations for their votes is out of order. This is mostly for the purpose of keeping all discussion civil, because once you start calling people out by name the discussion tends to get way too heated and off topic.

    Ultimately, it is up to the chair to decide what is out of order and what isn’t, and it’s hard to blame the guy for considering her speech “personal” and asking her to focus on the specific merits of the bill, since that is the procedure that has been enforced for hundreds of years and must continue to be strictly enforced for consistency’s sake.

    Again, just want to reiterate I agree with everything she said, it’s just a bit tough to make that specific statement on that specific platform. Feel free to argue with me on this.

  38. mandisplacesuxbrah February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    and this is why WV is in the horrible state its in. the poor working people elected GOP politicians that empowered corporations, and neither of those groups give a damn about the state or its people. the democratic party isn’t perfect but you can’t point to it and associate it with anything equivalent to West Virginia, Oklahoma, Mississippi, or Tennessee.

  39. HedgyWedgy February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    i really hope my state can find a way to pull itself out of the destructive downward spiral it’s in right now

  40. Triscuitador February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    C’mon, Reddit. Let’s teach these fuckers a thing or two about the Streisand effect.

  41. GordoMeansFat February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    It’s all public information she’s saying isn’t it?

  42. Siriacus February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    The full list of donations Lissa Lucas included in her prepared remarks:


    **CHARLOTTE LANE** – Kanawha County (D35) **$9,500**/$48,770 about 20%

    Delegate Lane has received money from:

    1. AEP **$2,000.00**
    2. MARATHON **$2,000.00**
    3. FIRSTENERGY **$2,000.00**
    4. DOMINION **$1,500.00**
    5. EQT **$1,000.00** << 5 of the top 6
    6. SOUTHWESTERN ENERGY **$500.00**
    7. NEXTERA ENERGY **$250.00**
    8. WVOIL MARKETERS ASSOC. **$250.00**


    **JOHN SHOTT** Mercer (D27) – **$11,250**/$64,350 – about 17%

    1. FIRSTENERGY **$2,000.00**
    2. App Power **$2,000.00**
    3. STEPTOE & JOHNSON **$2,000.00** – Gas and oil Law firm
    4. CONSOL ENERGY **$1,000.00**
    6. EQT **$1,000.00**
    7. MARATHON **$1,000.00**
    8. DOMINION **$1,000.00**
    9. NOBLE ENERGY **$500.00**
    10. GOPAC **$250.00**
    11. MARKWEST ENERGY **$250.00**
    12. WV LAND & MINERAL OWNERS PAC **$250.00**

    The WV Mineral Owners Coalition is AGAINST this bill. This PAC is unrelated appears to be a front for out-of-state resource barons and attorneys who represent the energy industry.


    **JASON HARSHBARGER** (Ritchie D7) **$3500**/$9300 – 38%

    1. Harshbarger – He works for Dominion, and donated **$2000** to his campaign. If you count that, he got 59% of his campaign cash from energy interests **$5500**/$9300 –
    2. DOMINION **$1,000.00**
    3. EQT CORP **$500.00**
    4. FIRSTENERGY CORP **$500.00**
    5. FREDRIK ERIC NELSON JR CAMPAIGN CMTE **$500.00** (Delegate Nelson’s top donors are the same top donors as everyone I’ve spoken about here, and in fact he received $23K from anti-property rights corporations like Dominion, EQT, AEP.)
    6. NEXTERA ENERGY **$250.00**
    7. GOPAC **$250.00**
    8. HALL, JASON & STEPHANIE (Hall Drilling) **$250.00**
    10. ARMSTEAD FOR HOUSE 2014 **$150**


    Source: https://lissalucas.com/2018/02/09/i-was-dragged-out-of-the-wv-house-chambers-because-i-listed-delegates-campaign-donors/

  43. IndependentBedroom February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Once more, corrupt republican pieces of shit suppress free speech. Unfortunately the republican base is stupid enough to fall for it.

  44. gohomebrentyourdrunk February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable “

  45. mugsybeans February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    She had a right to talk. I can’t believe they pulled her because of this. Corporate donations to lawmakers that are voting on a bill is relevant.

  46. james_bell February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Nothing changes until we reform campaign finance.
    Edit: And hats off to this woman!

  47. daddyGDOG February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    That Public Hearing didn’t seem very public.

  48. quaerex February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Big money runs this country.

  49. Rxroam February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    That chick is awesome

  50. StaleCornflake February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Do Americans not have freedom of speech in these kinds of meetings?

  51. ScottieScrotumScum February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    So much for public records and th3 freedom of speech…Lord help us

  52. Son0fSun February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Understand why she was asked to leave, she was not commenting on the bill, but the individual lawmakers that supported it.

  53. setadoon177 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    You should be ashamed to call yourself an American if you don’t agree with what this woman was trying to do.

  54. OriginalAngryBeards February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    She sounds genuinely afraid to be up there speaking. That was very courageous of her to stand in their chambers, and call them out for essentially selling their votes to special interests, and to people who have far more power, money and influence than she does.

    Unfortunately, governments will respond by continuing to remove people, or eliminating periods of public comment.

  55. Wetnapkin69 February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    But money = free speech so this is all ok.

    America is fucked

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